Jun 10, 2021 Letters
Over the decades, the ‘peasants’ of Triumph raised the issue of moon-like craters in Dasrat Street, Triumph Front Lands. And despite much persistence, local authority organs year over, the BV/Triumph NDC and the Region 4 RDC could be least bothered with us menials dwelling here. As we can no longer rely on the mouth organ of the NDC, the ‘peasants’ of Triumph thought the RDC’s presence in the village would catapult interest in our wellbeing. But, led by its adept engineering team, the RDC year asphalted an already well paved road in their adjacent housing compound to service all 6 houses with 9 cars so that we the 40+ peasant homes must know our place!
Dasrat Street remains the epitome of Guyana! Callous disregard for citizens’ well-being, constant eye-pass, wanton favoritism, misplaced priorities, and esoteric planning!
Charged with a new Regional Executive Officer, the RDC advertised a few months ago, the renewal of a bridge leading to this cratered road. It appears that contract was recently awarded, as last Sunday (6th June) the contractor decided he would raise the bar by dropping off letters dated 31st May to residents to inform us of the commencement of the bridge would be in 7 days’ time (letter attached). Mind you have no consultation by the brilliant RDC team, they know it all.
The Regional Engineer and team, whose level of knowledge and experience clearly elude and supersede me and that of most engineers, could care less about the state of the cratered road, which traffic will now be re-routed, Dasrat Street. I share just a few photos of what moon landing is like now. It must have taken a very philosophical approach to award the building of a new bridge without repairing a fully depreciated detouring road, but like in law, precedent rules “eye-pass” in Guyana. When the Chinese built the new East Coast highway, the Regional engineer and his team were perhaps the most outstanding students of road building, so why am I upset or even surprised, they saw long lines of cars, potholed roads, loss of down time, damaged cars, dust pollution, injured pedestrians, you name it, it’s normalised now!
Despite the Guyana Met Office recently declaring a rainy season until August, the contractor further emphasised in his letter, “The basic nature of work is to block the main trench and remove the existing bridge” and further “Because of the recent inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances may alter the completion date”. Nothing is lost on a good contractor! Flooding = Blocking the main trench x Recent Inclement Weather2 .
Is our flooding mainly caused by rain? Previous slave masters have taught us well, flood their crops so they do not farm again; force them into submission! Do not build their road until they grovel! Will Central Government follow suit?
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